What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the virtually painless and safe insertion of very tiny, sterile, disposable needles at strategic points (acupoints) on the body to elicit a healing response. According to basic acupuncture theory, the body is nourished and protected by Qi (energy) and blood through a complex network of channels. From the Chinese perspective, an imbalance within the body, mind, emotions, or spirit can result in a stagnation of Qi and blood ... or vice versa! ... and ANY imbalance leads to dysfunction, pain, and ultimately disease. Stimulation of the acupoints can resolve pain, relax the mind, reduce stress, promote balance, equalize dysfunction, and prevent or manage disease. Using Western medical terms, acupuncture influences neurochemical and bioelectrical processes, leading to the state of homeostasis, which promotes health.
I'm nervous about the needles ... Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture should not be painful! However, the main reason many people wait so long to try acupuncture is their misconception that acupuncture will be painful. I use Japanese style needles, which are so tiny that many people do not feel the needle at all. There can be sensations of tingling, aching, heaviness, warmth, lightness, and/or release as the Qi moves in reaction to the acupoint stimulation. Acupuncture treatments are typically very relaxing and most people feel a sense of well-being and relaxation. When treating someone for the first time who was afraid of needles, they almost always comment, "Oh! Is that all?! I didn't even feel it!" - so if a common misconception is keeping you from this wonderful healing modality, please don't hesitate to schedule with me!
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Pain relief is one of the top reasons people seek acupuncture. Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, arm, elbow and hand pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle and foot pain, and any other acute or chronic pain, can all be managed by acupuncture treatment. Stimulating specific points on the body with acupuncture triggers a cascade of neurochemical responses from your brain. For example, the endorphins released due to acupuncture treatment not only help your body reduce the perception of pain, but also create feelings of euphoria and modulate your response to stress.
Acupuncture enhances your body's natural ability to recover. Rest and recovery are vital to participation in high intensity activities, such as cardiovascular training, running, strength and conditioning programs, CrossFit, martial arts, surfing and other water sports, long-distance or mountain bicycling, and other rigorous fitness programs. In order to maintain consistent high-level performance, all athletes need a recovery strategy. Acupuncture, as well as cupping and proper nutrition, can speed the both recovery of sports injuries as well as boost your body's innate healing processes at physiological and mental levels.
Regular acupuncture can mitigate emotional issues. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) can be effectively managed utilizing acupuncture. Acupuncture promotes relaxation, which will assist in reducing muscle tension, fatigue, and pain, as well as minimizing anxiety, depression and stress. Reducing the overall stress on your body provides many health benefits, which include reduced inflammation, decreased blood pressure, improvements in length and quality of sleep.
Acupuncture can combat allergies, colds and influenza. Many people consistently seek assistance from their acupuncturist to fend off illness or improve recuperation time from common seasonal ailments. Herbal medicine is a fantastic adjunct to maintain health during the changing seasons.
Acupuncture can be very useful to treat internal imbalances such as hormonal fluctuations, headaches, insomnia, digestive issues, and reproductive complaints. More serious diseases such as autoimmune disorders, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension can be supported by acupuncture to ease symptoms or reactions to Western treatment, without side effects.
How much does it cost?
New Patient Treatment, 90min, $125
Follow Up Treatment, 60min, $85
Athlete/Cupping/Wellness Visits, 40min, $60
Nutrition Consult, 20min, $30
Please Note: I do not accept insurance, but I can provide a superbill for your convenience if your insurance covers an out-of-network acupuncture provider. Thank you!